Wintertime storms can bring severe cold, freezing rain, sleet, snow, high winds, or a combination of all the above. The National Weather Service (NWS) refers to winter storms as “deceptive killers” because of injuries that are indirectly related to the storm. Here are a few tips to ensure you are prepared and know what to do in case of emergency.

Sign up for local alerts and warnings

NWS provides alerts and warnings for all weather hazards. You can also sign up for community emergency alerts. Get more information about alerts from FEMA.

Create an Emergency Communication Plan

You may not be with friends or family when disaster strikes, so you need to know how to contact one another in an emergency. Remember to keep important numbers written down in your wallet, as you may not always have access to your smartphone.

Stock emergency supplies includes an interactive build-a-kit to stock a car, home, and even asks about special factors, such as if there are pets, seniors and those with medical conditions.

Winterize your Home and Vehicle

A little preparation goes a long way to keep you safe and warm during a winter storm. Here are five easy ways to prepare your home for winter, and a few winter driving safety tips.


Contact your Cole Harrison agent to make sure your home and vehicle are protected for whatever winter hazards mother nature dishes out.

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